Texas Bar Examination Components
The Texas Bar Examination (TBE) consists of four component parts discussed below. The highest possible combined scaled score on the TBE is 1000, and a combined scaled score of 675 whole points is the minimum passing score. Scores less than 675 are not rounded up. The relative weight of the component parts is:
A. Procedure and Evidence Questions
The Procedure & Evidence (P&E) portion contains forty (40) short answer questions on Texas and federal procedure and evidence: twenty (20) questions on civil procedure and evidence and twenty (20) questions on criminal procedure and evidence. There are 100 possible raw points on the P&E questions; the examinee’s raw score on this portion is scaled to the MBE 200-point scale by use of a statistical process called the equipercentile method, explained in detail after the discussion of the component parts of the TBE.
B. Multistate Performance Test
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is designed to test an applicant’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation by completing a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT consists of one 90-minute item, in which the examinee is furnished with a file of source documents and a library of research materials to be used in accomplishing the designated task. The MPT requires examinees to: (1) sort detailed factual materials and separate relevant from irrelevant facts; (2) analyze statutes, cases, and administrative materials for principles of law; (3) apply the law to the relevant facts in a manner likely to resolve a client’s problem; (4) identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, when present; (5) communicate effectively in writing; (6) complete a lawyering task within time constraints. There are 100 possible raw points on the MPT; the examinee’s raw MPT score is also scaled to the MBE 200-point scale by use of the equipercentile method.
C. Multistate Bar Examination
raw scores are scaled, or adjusted, to account for possible exam-to-exam
fluctuations in the level of difficulty.
This adjustment is the result of a process called equating, which
analyzes a particular applicant pool’s responses to about sixty (60)
questions that have appeared on prior MBEs.
The responses of the current test-takers to these common questions are
then statistically compared to the performance of prior examinee pools.
This comparison reveals the relative level of knowledge of the current
pool of examinees versus prior examinee pools and determines how many points
should be added to or subtracted from the raw score to reach a scaled score.
A scaled score is the standardized score that has been
adjusted to account for the differences in difficulty of the questions
appearing on different administrations of the exam.
Therefore, a particular scaled MBE score on the current exam is
indicative of approximately the same level of proficiency as the identical
scaled score on any MBE administered before or after this exam.
The maximum scaled score on the MBE is 200.
D. Texas Essay Questions
The TBE also includes twelve (12) Texas Essay questions. Each essay question is worth 25 raw points. The raw Essay score is the sum of the examinee’s raw scores on the twelve essay questions. There are 300 possible raw points on this portion. The examinee’s raw Essay score is scaled to the MBE’s 200-point scale using the equipercentile method.
Method of Scaling Scores
Equipercentile Method of Scaling
TBE is scaled using the equipercentile method.
This method of scaling is accomplished by rank-ordering (high to low)
the raw scores on the P&E, MPT, and Essay segments next to a high-to-low
rank-ordering of the MBE scaled scores. For
example, in rank-ordering the MPT scores, the highest MPT raw score is aligned
with the highest MBE scaled score. Each
MPT raw score is converted to a scaled score equal to the MBE scaled score
with which it is aligned. When a “tie” of raw scores occurs, all are
assigned an average of the corresponding MBE scaled scores.
The process of rank ordering is repeated with the raw scores of the
P&E and the Essay segments.
The Examination Review Process
XI, Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Texas, provides for two
kinds of exam reviews -- a formal review and an informal review.
You cannot request both a formal and an informal review of the same
exam. The purpose of these
reviews is to assist you in improving your performance on future exams. Such a review is neither an appeal nor a re-grade of your
performance on the exam.
XI(g) provides for a one-time formal review, which is an individual, oral
review of your performance on the exam (excluding the MBE).
You are entitled to a formal review if you have failed the TBE at least
twice and have not previously had a formal review.
Regardless of the number of exams taken, you are entitled to only one
formal review. We must RECEIVE
your written request for a formal review within 14 days from grade release.
Applicants are encouraged to fax their request for a review to
512-463-5300. We will notify you
of the exact date and appropriate procedures after we receive and process all
XI(h) provides for an informal review of your performance on the failed
portions of the exam. The examining Board member has the discretion to decide
whether the review will be an oral, telephonic, or written review.
You are entitled to an informal review each time you fail the TBE.
We must RECEIVE your written request for an informal review within
14 days from grade release. Applicants
are encouraged to fax their request for a review to 512-463-5300. We will notify you of the appropriate procedures
after we receive and process all requests.
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